Publishing Trends


rolling dice SOMETIMES MY MIND wanders and ponders upon the history of writing, of what has gone before and what is yet to come. Publishing is widely said to be an unpredictable business, literary agents and publishing houses alike struggle to identify what will make one book hugely successful over another. A big name writer always helps sales and in essence they can release something like Breathless (the alternate title being How Not to Write a Thriller) and still get to number one bestseller (I may bash Dean Koontz’s book for some time yet).

But what about the debut authors? Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train and The Martian by Andy Weir are two contemporary examples that have been successful beyond imagination. One an urban murder mystery, the other a survival story set on Mars – Weir’s story is hardly genre specific. I’m a 100 pages deep into Hawkins’ debut…

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